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The Magical Month of May

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Well here it is May and like magic it’s officially SPRING !  I recently returned from a cross-country trek visiting family in Minnesota and shopping for oddities with our faithful Pointer/Border collie Billie Baloney,  while Max held down the fort here at the shop.  I came back with some doozies — Taxidermy!  Weird Anatomy !  Antique Glass Doll Eyes ! Vintage Skeleton Bank – he gobbles coins while his eyes pop out in greedy delight…  EEEEK!  Come on down and check out the weird and wonderful wares for spring.  And talk about cool new magic — Houdini Thumb Cuffs Escape,  Fire Wallet by Trickmaster,  Criss Angel Mental Freak…and lots more.  We’re so excited about our 1st Friday show with renowned Paranormal Illusionist Aiden Sinclair, opener Saia Marz, and art by Ian Gray.  This will be one freakalicious triple threat, so don’t miss it!

Magical March Mania

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Well here it is Magic March and spring is definitely  in the air – (or under the snow)  digging it’s way out slooowly but surely.  We’ve got an exciting First Friday show coming up this week  – the CIRCUS EMPORIUM SIDESHOW ROAD SHOW!   March 6th 7:30pm at the shop – 313 W 11th Ave Denver.  The shop is decked out with sideshow oddities, art and curious wares –  step right up to see the POLAR PIRANHA ! RODEO CHICKEN !   KING TUT’S SARCOPHAGUS!  PREHISTORIC BONE FISH ! ALLIGATOR MAN ! FIJI MERMAID ! and much more…   We’ve also got some fun new magic  - The Crummy Cookie Trick, which changes pennies to dimes, vanishes in thin air, and restores itself whole after being bitten….this one is deeelicious.   And if you’re pining for a little spring to banish the snow blues our new Appearing Flower is just the ticket – no watering required.  The snow may be a-flyin and Puskatawney Phil snuggled back in his den, but the shop is cozy and warm  and Max is ready to show off his stuff so come out of the cold and into the magic…!

Magical February – Clubs, Diamonds, Spades and…Hearts!

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Well here it is February already, which means winter is halfway over, and time to start thinking of Valentines, Chocolates, Flowers, and of course…Magic!  Treat yourself to some magic this month — Max is always ready and willing to perform a few tricks for customers, so stroll on down for a little friendly bamboozlement.  And you’ll want to say Hello to all the new members of our Cabinet of Curiosities: The Polar Piranha, “Tank” the 7 foot Mummy, The Prehistoric Bone Fish, and the Rodeo Chicken!  It’s all gearing up towards our March 1st Friday Sideshow Night – sure to amaze, astound, and titillate.  We’ve got all kinds of new delights on loan from the Circus Emporium Odditorium, so come take a peek…if you dare…!

2014 has vanished! Welcome 2015

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Well here it is 2015 at the magic shop and we’ve been in business for over a year…WOOT !  November and December were a blur, we did great on sales and made lots of new friends.  Now it’s time to sloooow things down and get things done.  Inventory, cleaning, re-arranging, tax prep… whew. We’ve got some great new products for 2015, including “On Off” by Nicholas Lawrence, in which the magician seems to lift his finger right off his hand…creeepy…  Of course we will continue our first friday magic & art shows, they’ve become so popular at times it’s hard to fit everyone in the door, but we manage.  And we look forward to hosting lots more talented local magicians.  So if you haven’t come down on a first friday, 2015 is the year to see some cool magic and amazing local art!

Magical Mystical Holidaze…!

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HAPPY MAGI-DAYS FROM MAGO’S MAGIC SHOPPE !  Wow,  December already and it seems just yesterday we were stuffing our faces with turkey and stuffing.  Our one -year anniversary celebration Nov 29th was a blast – Misto the Magi astounded and amazed.  We’ve stocked our shelves with new magic, oddities, vintage delights, super-fun novelties, jewelry, and gorgeous photo montages by artist Jess Godnai so come on down and check out the holiday madness.  We’ve also acquired some fab new vintage magic, including my favorite – a 1960s Abbott’s “Torturette” bed of nails illusion…creeeeepy cool !  And say hello to our collection of vintage 50′s Santa mugs, Dapper Dan, our antique ventriloquist puppet, and our favorite new oddity…well, you’ll have to come in and see it for yourself.  Matt’s favorite new card trick is an illusion called “Blizzard”….ultra cool – pop in for a free demo.  Make Mago’s magic emporium your favorite gift-shopping, oddity-gazing, magic watching December destination.  Cheers!

It’s Magic Turkey Month !

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OK so here it is November, and Mago’s Magic Shoppe is gearing up for Christmas….yeah, yeah I miss the old days when the Christmas season didn’t start until after Thanksgiving too, but when you’re in the retail world sometimes you have to sell our soul to the retail devil.  I will wait to decorate the window for Christmas however until after Turkey Day.  We’ve got three big orders coming in preparation for the upcoming holidays, Criss Angel Mind Freak magic kits,  Bag for Life (Matt’s favorite new illusion — it’s amaaazing!), Dean Dill’s Blizzard, Inception, Bill to Lemon and lots lots more!  And  now that Night of the Living Dead has closed (my annual show at the Bug Theater), I’m back on the hunt for oddities – prowling estate sales, junk shops and out of the way places for weird and wonderful merchandise.  And watch for lots of new pieces of decopaged and repurposed art, locally made jewelry, paintings, prints, dioramas, terrariums, etc.   Tis the season to create art ! WOOT! And don’t miss our First Friday Art & Magic show starring local legend Gene Gordon, with art by Cory and Jess Godnai, Max Mago, and Robbielee Coleman.

Happy Halloweeeen !

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Can’t believe it’s mid-October already, and I haven’t carved a single pumpkin !  So far October has been creep-ariffic here at the shop, with our resident ghost “Mathias” on hand to chat with customers, and our super-cool new SWAMI FORTUNE TELLER MACHINE (vintage 1950s – featured on a “Twilight Zone” episode starring none other than a young William Shatner).  Swami is busy dolling out fortunes and answering customers’ burning questions, and our brand new shop resident THE FIJI MERMAID has moved into our large glass cabinet, formerly occupied by the ALIEN SKULL.  Matt and I are crazy busy between the shop and my annual production of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD, a stage adaptation of George Romero’s 1968 classic, presented by The Bug Theatre (www.bugtheatre.org).  Anyhoo, HAPPY OCTOBER, and come on down to the shop to see what’s shakin’, rattlin’, and rollin for Halloween.  We’ve got gorgeous new merch from our resident artists– necklaces with tiny tombstones and zombies in tiny glass tubes, teeny zombie dioramas, skull earrings, zombie celebrity prints, creepy cemetery photos…..you’ve just gotta see it all !  Come on down….if you DARE……

Autumn Magic on the Way…

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Autumn is peeking around the corner and Max and I are gearing up for my favorite season of the year — the HALLOWEEN SEASON !  We plan to deck out the magic shop in true Halloween style.  There are all kinds of creepy art-projects-in-progress lurking in the back room – a papier mache sarcophagus, a Fiji Mermaid waiting for her fangs, a half-wrapped mummy, and gobs of orange and black crepe paper.  And we can’t wait for our next 1st Friday Free Magic Show — Olde Tyme Seance and Spooky Tricks, Fri Oct 3rd at 7pm.  Shrunken Heads…Disembodied Hands…Ghosts and Goblins and Ghouls Oh My!  We’ve added an eeerie new effect to our repertoire — The Haunted Doll (doll and DVD included) ! For sale in-shop only, this one scared me silly the first time I saw it.  So get a witch’s shawl on, a roof that you can crawl on, we’re gonna make a call on…Mago’s Magic Shoppe ! (sung to the tune of “The Adams Family”).

August – Summer’s Last Hurrah

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Wowza did we have an amazing First Friday Magic Show August 1st — Magician Matt Palmer astounded the audience with a card trick to end all card tricks…Woot!  I hope you were there, but if not…there’s always next month.  August is the month of the Decks — Cool new card items: ESP Deck, Prophecy Pack, Houdini Deck, Decktamental, Cheek to Cheek, and our popular Les Melies Deck, celebrating the flights of fancy of filmmaker Georges Melies – a beautiful deck available online and in-shop.  Even though it’s still summer, we are gearing up for fall, and my favorite holiday –  HALLOWEEN – watch for the upcoming unveiling of the FIJI MERMAID ! the GYPSY FORTUNE-TELLER !  The ALLIGATOR MAN ! And much more…  But until then enjoy this last month of summer sunshine and long lazy daze…

Ka-Pow! Christmas in July at Mago’s Magic Shoppe

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Lots of exciting new merchandise at Mago’s Magic Shoppe this month – Criss Angel’s “Float It”, in which you magically make a card float, spin, and glow in MID-AIR. WOOT !  And we’re always stocked with old favorites: Twisted Sisters, Svengali Decks, Confetti Wands, Lethal Tender, awesome magic kits and coin & card magic galore.  Stop by and see our newest Oddity – the Giant Hawaiian Tiki Mask carved from the trunk of a coconut tree.  We stationed him outside the door to lure in customers with his charm and power.  We’ve decked out the shop for summer, so tip your hat to the Flying Horse on your way in.  Since we were closed on the 4th of July there was no First Friday show but we’ve got master card manipulator Matt Palmer booked for August.  Merry Christmas in July from Mago’s !